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Full text of "Muscle Shoals Baptist Association Minutes 1887"

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SAMFORD UNIVERSITY LIBRARY 

I SAM fORD V.^NTVX'RSJ'iy 
Birmingham, Alabama 



Muscle Shoals Baptist Association 



v. 1. 1850 



v. 11. 1888 



v. 2. 1854 



v. 12. 1891 



v. 3. 1855 



v. 13. 1892 



v.4. 1858 



v. 14. 1893 



v.5. 1859 



v. 15. 1895 



v. 6. 1861 



v. 16. 1896 



v. 7. 1867 



v. 17. 1897 



v. 8. 1871 



v. 18. 1898 



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v. 9. 1885 



v. 10. 1887 



v. 19. 1899 



v. 20. 1900 



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The Moderator shall 

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tead letters from the churc 
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t. Call for petitionary letters. 
5 n j£\ f_r correspondence from other bodies. 
B. Invite isiting brethren to se'ats.wstti is. 

7. Appohv committees, viz: On t)evotioBal Exercises. 2. State 
Ir^alil of Religion. 3. Deceased Mini-ten;. 4. Documents. 5. 

Finance. ^^H I ^*&&&s^3j2& ■- '\il 

8. Appoint messengers to corresponding bodies. ^^H 
'. Report of Board of Trustees of the Baptist Female institute at 

Moulton. 
10. C^Stll for report of Executive Board. 

11 Call for Treasurer's Report, 

12 Call for report of Board of Ministerial Education 



13. A ppoint ' ime and place of rsesi meeting of the Assos iation . 

14. Appoint preacher of introductory sermon and the alternate. 

In, Call for reports of standing committees in the order of their a 
pointrnent. 

16. Call for reports Of other committees in their order. 

17. Resolutions and miscellaneous business. 

15. Read the Minutes, call the roll, and adjourn 

The next Session mil be held at Russelville, Franklin county, Ala., com 

mencingon Friday before the fii^t';Sah^l!r.^ :: 0;ctobej^l^68:r ' 



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ORDAINED MINISTERS ok THE MUSCLK SHOAL ASSOCIA- 
TION WITH THEIR POST OFFICES. 
Adams, S. R. C. Danville. Morgan county. Alnbama. 
Bradford, Isaac Av.ca. Lawrence county, Alabama. 
Browing. W. J., Decatur, Alat 
Carter, W. B. II tseJI.-Morgn 

rinoey, Mike, Ne 
Gu n n , Jac k s o n . T 
Gibsorii J ■ , S . M ouot Hoj 
Hetnbre, ■ M*.j/t 
Halbrooks, H. J. I 
Lvon, Matt, Moui. 
Mc.Clanahan, J.f), 
Nesmith, John R. 

Pace, J. Q. A. Rugfelville, Frankfin county, Alabama. 
Roan, | v, Somerville, Morgan county, Alabama. 
Roberts, ! M. MoulL-n, Lawrence county, Alabama. 
Shackelford, Jos. Trinity Station, Morgan county, Alabama. 
Speer, John, Trinity Station, Morgan count v. Alabama. 
Stockton J. I. Hartselt, Morgan county, Alabama. 
Stockton, W. A. Moulton, Lawrence county, Alabama. 
Smith, W. G. W. Falkville, Morgan countv% Alabama 
Thomas, J. M„ Sheffield, Alabama. 
Thompson, J. N. Falkville, Morgan counrv, Alabama. 
Wear; R. T. Mount Hope. Lawrence count*-, Alabama. 
Weaver, T.J. Somerviife, Morgan cmintv, Alabama. : - 




ice count v, Ala! 



John 



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Morgan county, Alabama. 



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MINUTES, 



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The delegates composing the Sixty Eighth Annual Ses- 
sion of the Muscle Shoals Association of Baptists, convened 
with the Town Creek Baptist Church, Lawrence County* 
Alabama, on Friday, the 30th day of September, 1887, at 11 
a. m. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder Jo 
sephus Shackelford, from the parables of the talents and ten 
pounds found in Matthew 25th chapter, 14-30 verses, and 
Luke 19th chapter, 12-26 verses. After the sermon, there 
was a recess of one hour and a quarter. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 
The Association was called to order by the former Moder- 
ator, Elder J. Gunn. Elder Jos. Shackelford, the forjner 
Clerk, took his place at the Clerk's table. The Association 
was opened by singing, reading of the scriptures and prayer 
by Rev. J. M. Thomas. An address of welcome was made 
by Rev. R. T. Wear, Pastor of Town Creek church, which 
was responded to by the Moderator. Bros. C. G. Lynch, 
John Speer, and John E. Weaver were appointed reading 
clerks. The following churches were represented by letter 
and delegates: 

Russelville — Wm East, Peter Clay, John Byars. 

Mt Pleasant— A H Stanley, Henry Gargis, R R Maye. 

Okolona— W D Braswell. 

Bethany — Jackson Patterson. 

Town Creek — R T Wear, James S Gibson, George W Jackson. 

Salem— J M Roberts, A Heflin, J P Pearson. 

Moulton — Mat Lyon. O D Gibson, C G Lynch. 

Harmony— J S Howell, W S Howell. 



Mission Grove — J W Yates. 
Gum Spring (L)— W H 7 ' 
Zion (L) — Letter, no delegates. 



Gum Spring (L)— W H Muston. 

-Letter, no delegat 
Enon— W M Duke, J T Wallace, R L Key. 



Hillsboro— S J Porter, J W Wallace. 

Decatur — J Gunn, Jos Shackelford. 

Pleasant Hill— John Speer, J S Hale, W P Hill. 



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Macedonia (M) — G E Lane. 

Tuscumbia— D H Walker, John F Belue. 

Hopewell— W F Orr, J A Henry, J J Sandlin. 

Lebanon — J H Thompson, W H Jenkings, H E Woods. 

Mt Pisgah— W B Carter, H A McClellan, G H Hughes. 

Bethet (M)— J C H-u-tselle, J C Love, D Aiken, W A Belue. 

Mt Zion (M)— C Thompson. 

Shoal Creek — E T Spain, J H Clemmons, F N Lynch. 

Blue Spring— J E Weaver, R M McCiure. 

Hartselle— -\ C Orr. 

Danville— J G Orr. 

Cherry Hill— Wesley Horton. 

New Hope — H J Crow. 

After the enrollment of the names of the delegates, the 
Association proceeded to the election of officers, which re- 
sulted in the choice of Elder Jackson Gunn, Moderator, and 
Elder Josephus Shackelford, Clerk. The Moderator return- 
ed his thanks to the brethren, for their renewed confidence, 
and then announced that the Association was ready for bus- 
iness. 

ORDER OF BUSINESS. 

On motion of Bro. W. B. Carter, the order of business as 
printed in the minutes of last year, was adopted as the or- 
der of business for this session. 

Petitionary Letters. 

Petitionary letters were called for, when letters were re- 
ceived from the following churches, and on motion, the 
churches were received into our union, and the names of 
the delegates enrolled : 

Falkvile— J M MaDaniel, F L Simpson. 

Mt Stanley— G W Dodson. 

Somerville— T J Weaver. 

Mt Hope— W R Roberts, Jas F Harville, A C Messer. 

Tharps Spring— Mike Taylor, H C Counts, T J Byars. 

Sheffield — Letter ; no delegate . 

^The right hand of fellowship was given to the delegates 
by the Moderator. 

A letter was presented from a body, calling itself the An- 
tioch Baptist Church, asking for membership in this Associ- 
ation ; on account of the fact stated in the letter, that a part 
of the members of this body had been excluded from the Mt. 
Pisgah Church, which is a constituent member of this Asso • 



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ciation ; the letter, on motion of Bro. Joseph Shackelford, 
was referred to a select committee of seven, who should re- 
port at this session as to the action which should be taken 
by the Association, concerning the petition. 

Correspondents. 

On a call for corresponding messengers from sister associ- 
ations, the following brethren were received: 

Mt. Carmel Association — John White. 

Cullman Association — W. A. Taylor, R. J. Fuller. 

Mulberry Association — J. M. Thomas. 

Visiting brethren were invited to seats. 

The Moderator appointed the following committee : * 

Devotional Exercises — J. C. Orr, W. M. East, and the pas- 
tor and deacons of Town Creek Church. 

On motion, the Association adjourned to meet at 9 a. m. 
Saturday. Prayer by the Moderator. 

SECOND DAY'S PROCEEDINGS. 

Saturday, Oct. 1st, 1887. 

The Association was called to order by the Moderator at 
9 a. m. Prayer by Bro. M. Finney. The minutes of Friday 
were read and approved. 

The Moderator announced the following committee on the 
petitionary letter of the body calling itself Antioch Baptist 
Church: M. Finney, O. D. Gibson, Wm. East, W. F. Orr, 
R. T. Wear, S. J. Porter, John E. Weaver. 

The Moderator also announced the following committees 
to report at this session : 

Finance— J. S. Gibson, R. M. McClure, G. H. Hughes. 

Deceased Ministers — R. T. Wear, A. H. Stanley, Henry 
Gargis. 

Documents— H. J. Halbrooks, T. J. Weaver, J. T. Wal- 
lace 

State of Religion— W. P. Hill, J. Speer, J. R. Nesmith. 

Correspondents were appointed to the following bodies : 

North Liberty Association — H. J. Halbrooks, J. I. Stock- 
ton. 



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Bear Creek— M. Finney, J. R. Nesmith, J. W. Horton. 

Mt. Carmel^Jos. Shackelford, W. B. Garter, J. E. Weaver, 

Sulphur Springs— C. A. Owen, f. J. Weaver, J. M. Rob- 
erts. 

Cullman— J. Gunn, T. J. Weaver, C. A. Owen, W. B. Car- 
ter, Jos. Shackelford. 

Canaan— Jos. Shackelford, W. B. Carter, J. Gunn, M. Fin- 
ney. 

Alabama Baptist State Convention— Jos. Shackelford, C. 

A. Owen, T.J. Weaver, J.C. Orr, J: M. Roberts, Peter Clay. 

W. B. Carter, J. G. Orr, R. M. tycClure, h. J. Halbrooks 

and J. Gunn. 

BAPTIST MALE AND FEMALE INSTITUTE AT MOULTON. 

The Report of the Board of Trustees of the Baptist Male and Female 
Institute at Moulton, was called for and read by Brother Jas. S. Gibson, 
as follows : We the Trustees of the Baptist Male and Female Institute, 
would respectfully represent to your body, that we have secured the services 
of Prof. G. S. Howerton, late of the luka Normal School, as Principal of 
our school. He has a fine school of about seventy pupils. He is giving 
satisfaction to the patrons, and we recommend this school to the Associa- 
tion, as being in every way worthy of its support. The morals of your 
children as well as their mental advancement, will be well looked after. 
As the school is worthy of your support, we hope the Association will pat- 
ronize it more extensively in the future than in the past. Art and music are 
taught in the school . "*" 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. B. Irwin, President. 

J. S. Gibson, Secretary. 

On motion, the Report was received and ordered to be- 
spread on the minutes. 

EDUCATION. 

The Report on Education was called for, and read by the Chairman, Jos- 
Shackelford. This report and the general subject of education was dis- 
cussed by Brethren Howerton, C. G. Lynch, J. White and Jos. Shackel- 
ford, and then adopted as follows : Your committee to whom was referred 
the subject of Education beg leave to report as follows ; We are glad to 
know that the subject of education is receiving more attention irom Bap- 
tists than ever before in our history. Our people, generally, are becoming 
more interested in the education of their children, and feel more and more 
the necessity of having an educated ministry. Our Institutions of learning 
will compare favorably with the best in the land, whether State or denom- 
inational schools. It is not necessary in this report to speak of the impor- 
tance of educating our children. This has been placed before our people 
again and again, and we are assured that they, generally, appreciate its im- 
portance, and value. We have common and high schools and colleges 
placed within easv reach of all, and none need go without an education, for 
the want of schoo'ls. To our young brethren, who feel called of God to* 



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preach the gospel, and wish to prepare themselves for this great work, we 
commend Howard College, located at East Lake, near Birmingham, and 
the Southern Theological Seminary at Louisville, Ky., and the High 
Schools within our own Association. 

If they are not prepared to enter college, they can prepare themselves at 
the Male and Female. Institute at Moulton, now under the charge of Prof. 
G. T. Howerton, assisted by our esteemed Brother Prof. C. G. Lynch. 

This is a good school, worthy of patronage. All ministerial students are 
received free of charge. These gentlemen are experienced and efficient 
teachers. Howard College, also, opens wide its doors to all ministerial stu- 
dents. We have now in that Institution a chair of Theology, and its Prof. 
Rev. D. I. Purser, will pay special attention to ministerial students. The 
Seminary at Louisville, is one of the be6t, if not the best Theological In- 
stitutions in the United States. Those ministerial students who are pre- 
pared to do so, would do well to take a partial, if not a full course in the 
Seminary. We also call the attention of our people, who have daughters 
to educate, to the Judson Female Institute at Marion, Ala. This is a school 
of the highest order, and deserves the patronage of the Baptist of the State. 
The Central Female College at Tuscaloosa, is another good Baptist school. 

We would not close this report, without again calling the attention of the 
Baptists of the Muscle Shoals Association to their own school at Moul- 
ton. This is our school, belonging to our Association. It proposes to give 
instruction equal to any school of the same grade. Baptists should pat- 
ronize it for it is worthy of patronage, and because they ought to sustain 
their own schools, when they offer the same advantages as others. If we 
■do not sustain it, we cannot expect those not Baptist to do so. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Jos. Shackelford. 



REPORT OF EXECUTIVE BOARD. 

The Report of ihe Executive Board was read by Brother C. G. Lynch 
and after remarks by Brother O. D. Gibson, was adopted as follows : The 
Executive Board to the Muscle Shoals Association ; dear Brethren, wj 
found at our first meeting after the last Association, after setting aside the 
amounts for certain purposes as per order of Association, we had only $240 
left for Associationai missions, we divided this equally amongst districts Nos. 
1, 2 and 3. In District number 1, Brother Speer was placed on a salary of, 
-$10 per month for eight months. He was to begin on the 15th of October, 
and preach on Saturdays, and Sundays. He was requested to try to get 
his congregation to pay him enough to put in the other four months of the 
year. District number 2 was given to Brother Lyon, for one-fourth of his 
time for $80. District number 3, was given to Brother T. J. Weaver, for 
three-fourths of his time. He was instructed to begin October 15th and 
continue to January 1st, 1887. Then to suspend his work till May, 1st, '87. 
In obedience to the instructions of the last Association, the Executive 
Board has held or endeavored to hold four meetings in different parts of the 
Association. The first at Moulton, was well attended. The second at 
Macedonia, in Franklin county was attended by three members of the 
Board. The third was attended by two members, and the fourth at Bethel 
in Lawrence was attended by two members df the Board. While only a 
few members of the Board visited those various appointments, not enough 
to transact business, there being no quorum only at Moulton, yet we are 
constrained to believe, that much good has been done by these meetings. 

Respectfully submitted, 

C. G. Lynch, Secretary. 

O. D, Gibson, President. 






TREASURER'S REPORT. 

The report of Brother T. W. Lynch, Treasurer of the As- 
sociation was read by the Clerk and ordered to be spread 
upon the minutes as follows : 

T. W. Lynch, Treasurer, ' . 

In account with Muscle Shoals Association. 

Dr. 

To amount on hand tJ8 2« 

To cash from J. S. Hale, Finance Committee 416 22 

To cash from Hartsell church 10 0O 

To cash from Mrs. Sybert.-. W 

To cash from Russelville church, bv Mrs* Kirk 5 00 

To cash from Mt. Zion church, for 1886-86 

From Russelville church, bv J. B. Sugg 

From F. C. Owen bequest 20 09 

From Moulton church 75 w 

$559 75 
Cr. 

By cash paid J. Speer. $150 00 

By cash paid J. I. Stockton 202 50 

By cash paid Mat Lyon 63 70 

By cash paid Mat Lyon 5 00 

By cash paid R. T. Wear 50 00 

Bv cash paid Mat Lyon 10 00 

By cash paid Mat Lyon 78 65 65* 75 

Respectfully submitted, 

T. W. Lynch, Treasurer, 

REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEES. 

On motion, the reports of the various committees on missions were read, 
and the whole subject of missions was considered under the same order of 
business. The Report on Associational Missions was read by Brother C. 
G. Lynch. That on Foreign Missions by Brother Mat Lyon, and the Re- 
port on State Missions was read by Brother R. T. Wear. The missiona- 
ries al%o made their reports, and the subject of missions was tiien discussed 
by Brothers J. M. Roberts and Jos. Shackelford. Pending the discussion 
on motion, the Association adjourned for 1}£ hours. Prayer by the Mode- 
rator. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 
The Association met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer 
by Brother W.T. Cobbs. The subject of Mission was again 
taken up, and discussed by Bros. A. ]J. Harris, Jas. S. Gib- 
son, J. M. Thomas, and the Moderator, who called for contri- 
butions and pledges, when the following amounts were col- 
lected and pledged by churches and iudividuals. 



1886. 


Oct. 


4. 


44 


tt 


Nov. 


26. 


Dec. 


25. 


1887. 


Ap'l 21. 


June 


20. 


Se't 


20. 


Se't. 


24. 


Se't. 


24. 


1886 




Oct. 


4. 


Oct. 


4. 


Oct. 


4. 


1887. 


Ap'l 20. 


June 


25. 


Se't. 


20. 


Se't. 


29. 



PLEDGES FOR MISSIONS. 
From Churches. 

Tuscumbia $ 15 00 

Russelville 100 00 

Cherry Hill 10 00 

Bethel (L) 10 00 

Mt. Pleasant 20 00 

Antioch 5 00 

Okalona 5 00 

Bethany 5 00 

Town Creek 30 00 

Mission Grove 5 00 

Salem 5 00 

Moulton 50 00 

Harmony 5 00 

New Hope, Foreign Missions 5 00 

Hillsboro 40 50 

Gum Springs (L).-. 5 00 

Enon 35 00 

Pleasant Hill 20 00 

Decatur 50 00 

Hopewell .„. .. 25 00 

Danville, $1.00 per member 32 00 

Hartsell, $1,00 per member 38 00 

Lebanon 10 00 

Mt. Pisgah, cash paid Finance Commmittee. 41 05 

Bethel (M) .* 10 00 

Mt. Zion (M) cash paid Finance Committee ... 5 00 

Shoal Creek 5 00 

Blue Springs 10 00 

Somerville 10 00 

Falkville 10 00 

Sheffield 25 00 

Mt. Stanley 5 00 

Tharp Springs 5 00 

Mt. Hope ... 25 00 

Rocky Creek 5 00 

Moulton S. S. cash for Foreign Missions H M . . 5 00 

686 55 
PLEDGES FROM INDIVIDUALS AND CASH. 

Mrs. S. M. Steenson, paid $ 100 

A. H. Stanley 10 00 

Mrs. E. M. Sandlin 1 00 

Mrs- E. A. Shoemaker 1 00 

Mrs. E. G. Weems, paid 1 00 

M. C. Masterson, paid 150 

M. A.Carter.... .'..' 1 00 

T.N. Jones 5 00 

Mrs O. B. Henly, paid 1 00 

Mrs. Ella Stanley, paid F. M 1 00 

Cash collections". 6 70 



$ 16 20 
686 55 



Pledges and cash from churches and S. S $702 70 



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The reports were th n adopted as follows: 

REPORT ON / SSOCI ATIONAL MISSIONS. 
We, your committee on A sociational Missions, beg leave to make this 



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3 an increasing demand for mission work 
by the rapid growth of population in towns 
ilt, an increase of population in some country 
all these additions to the numbers, intelligence, 
ity of our population, there is the usual aver- 
and wickedness; and these elements are also, 
as everywhere else, active for evil, neither more nor less, we suppose, than 
may be looked for among any other enterprising people. A great and 
growing demand is thus thrust upon us, as stewards of the manifo'd grace 
of God, to put into this inviting field a sufficient number of the most intelli- 
gent, cultivated, experienced, influential, zealous and consecrated missiona 



report to your body. There 
our territory. This is show 
on our railroads, and as a re 
neighborhoods. Along wit! 
capital, and irrepressible act 
age attendance of worldlinc 



ries of the Cross of Christ, a 
labor. We need men wh 
position to the Gospel, but e 
doctrine with which our lane 
strengthen our churches, a».- 
]y faith. While many good 
added to our population, ye' 



d to pav them a reasonable amount for their 

are> able, not only to meet the open op- 

:essfully to expose and overcome all the false 

s flooded, and no less are such men needed to 

build up the members thereof in the most ho- 

.nd liberal christian people have recently been 

hey can meet but a small portion of the de- 



mands upon all the followers of Christ within our limits, and we regret to 



have to record, that we as 
ciated our responsibility, or 
of great usefulness. With c 
sions, and a still smaller ar> 
Executive Board could not p 
fore. We submit the questn 
the most serious and prayen 
The best mode of carrying 01 
tention. It may be consider 

1st. Whether this work 
churches, and in the most de 

2nd. Or whether to expeu 
tian work, though some are 
only $31.30 foi associationa; 
is from 649 church member* 
object; and but two of them 
There are twelve other chu: 
year not one cent for associ 
objects, and four churches p 



ody of christians, do not seem to have appre- 
e honor, He would confer upon us in the field 
ninished contributions, for Associational Mis- 
unt of pledges for the year just closing, our 
ovide for quite half as much work as hereto- 
i, whether this state of things does not call for 
1 consideration on the part of this Association, 
our mission work, is worthy of our special at- 
d 

lall be prosecuted exclusively away from 
: itute portions of the Association. 

our efforts on weak churches, weak in chris- 
irge in membership; nine of which contributed 
nissions. So the minutes say. This amount 
and is less than six cents per member for this 
conti ibuted for any other object but minutes. 
;hes, comprising 694 members, who gave last 
tional missions, though one paid $1.05 for other 
id nothing, even for minutes. 
3rd. Or shall the. few chu ches that give, have the amount spent on them 
to build them up to greater i -efulness? Or whether it would be better to 
change the location of the F ;ecutive Board from Moulton, where it has 
been so long, to some other /lace, where more zealous members of it and 
for it might be found. Or hether it would not be best to employ minis- 
employed, to serve some of these weak churches? 
ay with the pledge system as a thing of the past, 
k for one year, and ask the delegates to return 
them to adopt the scriptural plan of raising 
money, by meeting every Su iday to worship God, and to lay by in store for 
Him, as He has prospered tht in by giving one tenth or some other part to 
Him. Dear brethren, that iese suggestions may be beneficial to you, they 
are respectfully submitted. C G Lynch, 

Chairman. 



ters whose time is not fully 
Or would it be best to do z^ 
and stop the missionary wc; 
to their churches, and urg 



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REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

The great commission, from which every true minister of Christ derives 
his authority to preach, is an express command to engage for life in t;.e 
work of Foreign Missions. Even Peter, who, for a time, was sent special- 
ly, to preach to his own people, was expressly selected by, the Holy Spirit, 
(Acts 10; 19.) to announce the blessing of the gospel to the Gentiles. Home 
Missions in any given locality, could have no existence, if Foreign Missions 
had not first planted the gospel there. Every Baptist church in this coun- 
try maj- trace its origin through past generations to foreign mission work. 
Every true chuich of Christ owes its existence to the life giving principle of 
foreign missions. And through that spiritual law of its very nature, spon- 
taneously radiates light in every direction to regions beyond. Thus did the 
church at Antioch, in Syria, by command of the Holy Spirit, send forth 
Barnabas and Saul to carry the gospel to other heathen nations; and thus 
has many a modern church of Christ in heathen lands, furnished monev 
and sent missionaries to other benighted regions of heathendom. Thus a 
church of Christ in any age, in any land, under any circumstances, was, and 
if still existing is, in its very nature, a foreign missionary church, and everv 
true christian member thereof a foreign missionary christian. All that such 
a church member lacks in this regard, is owing to his want of information 
or of consecration to the service of Christ or of both. But there are anti- 
mission Baptists, and they have existed in every age of the gospel. They 
have a very ancient, even a scriptural, if not a commemi.able record . 

The Apostle John, in his 3d epistle, characterizes one of them by the 
name of Diotrephes, who refused to receive the missionaries sent by the 
apostles, prating maliciously against John and his brethren, and turning out 
of the church those who would receive them. The church that fails to 
draw its missionary life from Christ is like a walking skeleton, and soon 
ceases to live, But a missionary church and missionary church members 
are not such as merely acknowledge the correctness of the missionary prin- 
ciple, or even believe in their own personal obligation to sustain missions, 
but they are such as honestly, according to their ability, practice what they 
profess. u O missionary baptist are practically anti-missionary baptist ! 

The history of modern baptist missions, dating specially from the times 
of Carey, about one hundred years ago, soon followed byjudson, depicts a 
scene of wonderful progress, and of self-sacrificing devotion to our heaven- 
ly Master. But while India and Burmah were blessed with gospel truth, 
China and Africa and regions under the dark and cruel rule of Romanism 
in Europe and America were scarcely thought of for missionary enterprise. 
But our hearts swell with gratitude at the cheering news we now have 
from over five great foreign missionary fields, comprising the populations 
of probably more than two-thirds of the whole human race. 

In the empire of Brazil, in South America, our southern board has three 
recently established missions with 14 missionaries, native and foreign ; bap- 
tisms, 30 ; members. 175. This young mission has had great success, and 
is now subjected to severe persecutions, an unfailing harbinger of still more 
glorious triumphs. The progress of our Mexican mission has been truly 
wonderful, and their territory now extends through four Mexican states, 
from Texas to the Pacific ocean. Bro. Powell speaks of organizing ten new 
churches, which will make eighteen, while they have but four ordained min- 
isters. The baptisms reach 100, making their membership 350, while 150 
were awaiting baptism. They have 100 pupils, and have contributed $823 
to the good work. 

The Italian mission has 1 5 missionaries, native and foreign ; baptisms 26, 
making 306 members. It is constantly growing. 

In China, with a population of 400,000,000, we have only 54 native and 



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foreign missionaries ; baptisms, 46 ; members, 677 ; pupils, 203 ; contribu- 
tions, $699 tl, besides $ 000 by a converted native, Wong Yeur San, who 
built a chapel and preac es in it three times a week. The government has 
made christian missions .ree in the whole empire, and baptist, who alone 
carry a perfectly pure _ "*pel, ought to enter in by hundreds. 

In the vast and yet lit le known continent of Africa, we have but 16 mis- 
sionaries, native and fb- ign ; baptized, 36 ; members, 138 ; 32 having died ; 
pupils 284. Total : In all our missions we have 116 missionaries, native 
and foreign ; the baptisms are 228 ; church members, 1561 ; churches and 
stations, 65 ; schools, 25 ; pupils, 587 ; contributions in the mission fields, 
$3012.61. 

To our brethren of the Muscle Shoals Missionary Baptist Asseciation we 
would say, that the fields are white unto the harvest on every hand, that la- 
borers and preachers are needed to carry the gospel to a thousand million 
perishing human beings ; and how can they gO except they be sent ? and how 
can thev be sent unless you contribute largely of your money to pay their 
travelling expenses, and" support them in their fields of labor ; Let us gath- 
er more and more light for ourselves on this great subject of christian duty, 
by more closely and prayerfully studying the word of God, and by habit- 
ually reading our own religious newspapers, and keeping ourselves informed 
in the current of missionary news, and on Jtheir instructive and practical 
comment on this all-ir^ortant work for Christ The special vehicle for 
such enlightenment is ur official Foreign Mission Journal of Richmond, 
Va., in which we may obtain fresh from the wide field of gospel work, the 
soul inspiring letters of devoted missionaries, with deeply interesting facts, 
and knowledge of race and countries, together with matured thoughts of 
our best informed brei .»ren in this line of study, and withal a minute detail 
of every cent of monev received from every state, every Association, every 
church, and every man woman and child th*t wish their contributions no- 
ticed, as well as of every cent expended in the work. Let twenty-five mem- 
bers of a church pay twenty cents apiece and have a package of twenty-five 
papers sent monthly to cne person, and by him distributed to all'. Every one 
of us is a steward of the manifold grace of God. It is required in stewards 
that a man be found fa hful, and every one of us must hereafter account 
for himself and his faithfulness to god. 

Mat Lyon, 
J. E. Weaver. 

REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS. 

The State Mission Work is indeed highly important, and becomes more 
so with each succeeding year. The resources of wealth that are being dis- 
covered and opened up, are attracting people from every direction to our 
own loved state. As the multitudes pour in upon us, our responsibilities in- 
crease, and we should put forth every effort to meet these responsibilities, as 
valiant soldiers of Christ. We gather from the report of the State Board, 
that with a membership of 90,000, 1,400 churches and near 800 ordained 
ministers, we are giving only $7,387.33 to state missions. 

For the past year, there have been 47 missionaries employed for all or a 
part of their time, and nine colporteurs. Our noble brethren who constitute 
the State Board, realize the importance of extending the work, but cannot 
for the want of funds. Will not the 3095 Baptists of the Muscle Shoals 
Association, come up with their contributions until the $12,000 asked for 
.mall be given, and the desires of the Board to aid weak churches and supply 
places of destitution with a living ministry, be fully carried out. Oh. that 
the light of God's truth may shine into the heart of every individual mem- 
ber of the churches of this Association, until they shall realize that it is their 






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duty to give of their means for the spread of the gospel, that it may be to 
others as it has been to us, the power of God unto Salvation! 

R T Wear, 
W B Carter, 
Committee, 

REPORTS OF MISSIONARIES. 

Report of Mat Lyon to the Muscle Shoals Association, of missionary ser- 
vice for the year ending 30th September 1887. 

I was employed to labor in the western part of this Association, for one 
fourth of my time except three months in the winter. I have labored eigh- 
ty-six days; traveled 956 miles, preached forty sermons, delivered one ad- 
dress on baptism, made twenty-four visits to my preaching stations, nine 
visits to other churches, 163 visits to families, sold thirteen col portage books, 
attended three protracted meetings and two more in part, and procured 
twenty four subscribers to the Foreign Mission Journal. I have received 
eighty dollars in full payment for my services since last Association, and I 
have also received twenty-eight dollars and eighty cents balance in full for 
my services for last year. Fraternally, 

N Mat Lyon. 

REPORT OF JOHN SPEER. 

To the Muscle Shoals Association. I was employed by your board for 
eight months at a salary of $80. I was to give only one half of my Satur- 
day and Sunday time. I do not report in this any of my work except my 
mission work. Work as follows. I have traveled about 887 miles; have 
preached fifty-four sermons; have delivered twenty-two exhortations; have 
held two protracted meetings, at mission stations; witnessed a number of 
conversions; assisted in the organization of two churches. I have secured 
several subscribers for the Alabama Baptist and the Foreign Mission Jour- 
nal. I have received $12.00 on my salary. Humbly submitted. 

J Speer. 

• REPORT OF J. T. WEAVER. 

Report of J. T. Weaver, missionary of Third District, of Muscle Shoals 
Association. 

I wa6 employed by the Board Oct. 15th, 1886 ; labored until Tanuary, 
1st, 1887 ; suspended until May, 1st ; then resumed work until Oct, 1st, 
1887, and gave three-fourths of this time to the mission work. I devoted 
my work mostly to Somerville, Falkville and Poteet's school house ; or- 
ganized a church at Somerville, and one at Falkville ; I have attended 
many very precious meetings in which there have been ninety-five conver- 
sions, and ninety additions to the churches. 

Salary promised me by^the Board $ 80 00 

Raised lor church building and repairs 400 00 

Received as supplement to my salary 20 00 

Raised in missions 15 00 

Respectfully submitted, 

T. J. Weaver, Missionary. 

TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING. 
Two places were in nomination for the next meeting of 
the Association, Mt. Pisgah church and Russelville. The 
Association voted to meet with the Russelville church, on 



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Friday before the 1st Sabbath in October, 1888. 

A Committee was appointed to nominate a preacher to 
preach the Introductory Sermon at the next Association and 

an alternate. 

The Committee, recommended that Brother J. Gunn, 

preach the Introductory and Brother John E. Weaver, alter- 
nate. The recommendation was adopted. 

The select committee to report on the reception of the 
body calling itself, the Antioch church, reported, which re- 
port was adopted as follows: 

We jour Committee lo whom was referred the petitionary letter of An- 
tioch church, report unfavorable as to its reception, and suggest that the 



letter be tabled. 



Respectfully submitted, 

M. Finnby, Ch'n. 



The Committee on -devotional exercises reported as fol- 
lows: 

Rev. W. T. Cobbs, preach tonight at Prarie School House. Sunday 
at 9 a. m. Sundav School mass meeting. Addresses by A. T- Harris and 
J. M. Thomas. Sunday at 11 a. m. preaching by Rev. J. Gunn. Sunday 
at 2 p. m. preaching by Rev. Jos. Shackelford. 

Association adjourned until Monday morning at 9 o'clock. 
Prayer by v the Moderator. 

SUNDAY— Oct. 2nd. 1887. 

The Sunday School mass meeting convened at the ap- 
pointed hour, and was addressed by Bro. A. J. Harris, of 
Nashville, and Brother J. M. Thomas, both made interest- 
ing speeches, which were appreciated by the large audience. 
The biethren. appointed to preach filled their appointments 
and we trust good was accomplished by the preached word. 

MONDAY— Oct. 3rd.. 1887. 

Fourth Day's Proceedings. 
Elder J. R. NeSmith, led the religious exercises at the 
commencement of the service, after which the Moderator 
called the Association to order. 

SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 

Tho Report on Sunday Schools having been read on Sunday, in the 
mass meeting, was adopted as follows : We your Committee on Sabbath 




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Schools, submit the following as our report. . We feel encouraged in this 
grand work. Judging from the letters, there has been more interests mani- 
fested in Sunday School work, this year, in the Muscle Shoals Association 
than in the past year. Quite a number of the churches report lively Sun- . 
day Schools. This is as it should be. It is a work in which all may en- 
gage, and we are glad to know that the churches are coming to the front, on 
this question. The church that has a live working Sunday School has a 
■ Bible reading people, and if our people, can be induced to study God's 
word, we may hope for a God serving people. Upon the other hand the 
church that has no Sunday School, invariably has a careless people in re- 
gard to the word of God. The Psalmist says, " Thy word is a lamp unto 
my feet, and a light unto my path." If we fail to study the word of God, 
we fail to receive the light that springs up therefrom. We know of no 
place that offers more inducements for the acquisition of Bible knowledge 
than the Sunday School. Still we regret to know that a large per cent of 
our church members manifest no interest in this grand cause. We deem it 
prudent to urge the use of nothing but Baptist literature in our Sunday 
Schools. We would recommend that our pastors and delegates urge upon 
our churches, the importance of having a Sunday School in every Baptist 
church. 

Respectfully submitted. 

W. T. Cobbs, 
Wm. East, 
Committee. 
STATE OF RELIGION. 

The Report of the Committee on State of Religion, was read by Brother 
W. P: Hill, and was adopted as follows : The Committee on State of Re- 
ligion beg leave to make the following report. The information brought 
us through the letters from the churches, shows us that several churches 
within our bounds are advancing in the work of the Lord, while others we 
regret to say are in a lukewarm condition. Our religious state is on the 
decrease in some parts, while other parts are advancing. The doctrines of 
the Bible in some parts of the Association, are being earnestly advocated, 
and the faith once delivered to the saints, is being received by many. We 
thank God for the privilege ot making this report We recommend to all 
the churches, consecration to Christ, that they may all stand firm in the 
faith, that giveth them the victory over the world 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. P. Hill, Ch'n. 

MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

The Report of the Board of Ministerial Education, and 
the Treasurers Report were read by Brother Jos. Shackel- 
ford, and discussed by Brothers W. B. Carter, Jos. Shackel- 
ford and C. G. Lynch. Brother Lynch called for contribu- 
tions add pledges for Ministerial Education, when the fol- 
lowing were received. 

CASH AND PLEDGES FOR MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

Moulton S. S., cash $ 5 00 

Mouiton Church 10 00 

Mt. Pleasant per A. H. Stanley, $1 paid by 




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^ . ....... noo 

Bro. Gargis...* 7 go 

Decatur " 5 00 

HilUboro ' "'[ 10 00 

Enon 5 00 

Pleasant Hill ' 5 00 

Hopewell " 5 00 

Bethel (M).. ..;..•• •• — »—.•• "'' 1 00 

Shoal Creek, paid by E. T. Spain % ^ 

Blue spring.. ^.. ...•• — •• ;•;;*; 1 00 

MtNeboper W.B.Carter % w 

Rocky Creek.......-- •*; 5 00 

Hartsell Sunday School 5 w 

Somerville V ' " 2 60 

Mt. Hope 10 00 

Town Creek 5 00 

Sheffield ' 5 00 

Tuscumbia 5 00 

M. Finney .• •• - • 1 00 

G. W. Smith, paid . 50 

Isaac Bradford, paid 1 qq 

J. R. Nesmith, paid 35 

Elkin Carter, paid x qo 

W.D.Braswell. .......•■• ■•••■ 1 00 

Harmony by W. S. Howell j w 

W. H. Mustin j 50 

W . P. Hill 25 

G. E.Lane, paid 50 

C. Thompson, paid 5 qo 

Mrs. J. Gunn..... R qo 

Mrs. C. G. Lynch 5 w 

Mrs. A. H. Stanley 2 go 

W.T. Cobbs 2 go 

John Speer, paid j qo 

"Willie Speer, paid 25 

Mrs. J. W. Wallace, paid j ^ 

J. W. Wallace, paid go 

J. W. Horton 2 50 

Mrs. Mattie McClam . . . . . • „ ^ 

J. H. Routh per R. M. McClure J JJJ 

Phil Lynch, paid r qo 

Mrs. McVey ' " - ^ 

Mrs. Mittie Wear i ™ 

Mrs. W. B. Carter, g £J 

Jonathon Sandlin « 50 

G. W.Jackson - qq 

W. B.Carter , " -- 

W. T. Wearer : *•;* 

Total cash and pledges for Min. Educat'n $159 00 

The report of the Board of Ministerial Education and the 
Treasurer's Report were adopted as follows: 

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 
YourlBoard of Ministerial Education submit the following report of its 
work for the p*st aasociational year : 



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The Board has continued to aid Bro. W. T. Cobbs in securing an educa- 
tion. He remained at the Mountain View High School during the past 
session of that Institution for nine months, and we are glad to report that 
he pursued his studies with commendable industry, and the Board is much 
satisfied with the progress he has made. The Board also assisted Bro. John 
Speer for four months during the last session of the Mountain View High 
School. 

The total amount of cash received for Ministerial Education since our 
last report is $99.04. We had on hand at the time of our last report, $1.16 
making $100.20. We have paid out to Bro. Cobbs $72.95 and $4 for rent. 
We have^paid to Bro. Speer $23.95, making a total paid out of $100.20, 
leaving nothing in the treasury. The total amount of cash and pledges for 
Ministerial Education at our last Association was $193.05, of this amount 
$26.05 was cash and $167 pledges. Of these pledges only $31.10 have been 
paid, leaving a balance unpaid of $135.90. We are still due Bros. Cobbs 
and Speer $33.80. We trust that these pledges will be paid at this Associ- 
ation. We learn that there are one or two worthy young brethren who de- 
sire to attend school, and would like the assistance of this Association. We 
urge the Association to raise money to aid them, The report of the Treas- 
urer is appended to this report. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. Gunn, President. 

Jos. Shackelford, Sec'y. 

TREASURER'S REPORT. 

Jos. Shackelford, Treasurer in account with Ministerial Education Fund. 

Dr. 
1886. 

Oct. 1. To amount on hand from last Report $ 1 16 

Oct. 1. To amount from Pinance Committee. . , 37 50 

Oct. 1. J. D. Inman 1 00 

Oct 1. To amount from Mt. Pleasant church per E. S. Little 2 50 

Oct. 1. Z To amount collected at Association 25 55 

Oct. I. To amount from Pleasant Hill S. S 100 

Oct 1. To amount from S . W. Shackelford's children 1 00 

Oct. 1. To amount from Finance Commitee 2 00 

Oct. 1. To amount from |Enon church , . . 3 10 

Oct 1. To amount from Moulton S» S. for C. G. Lynch 2 50 

Oct. 1. To amount from Hillsboro church 5 00 

Oct 1. To amount from Shoal Creek church 95 

Oct. 1. To amuunt from Mt. Pleasant church per A. H. Stanley. 5 00 

Oct. 1 . To amount from Town Creek church per R. T Wear 5 00 

Oct. 1. To amount from R. Simpson and wife 5 00 

Oct. 1 . To amount from Bro. Weavers children 1 00 

Oct. 1. To amount from Sister Clay 100 

$100 36 
Cr. 

By amount paid Bro. W. T. Cobbs 72 95 

By amount paid Bro. J. Speer 23 31 

By amount paid for rent 4 00 

Total 100 86 

Respectfully submitted, 

Jos. Shackelford, Treas. 



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DECEASED MINISTERS. 

The Report of the Committee on Deceased Ministers was read by Bro. 
R. T. Wear, and adopted as follows : Your Committee on Deceased Min- 
isters feel sad to report the death of Brother Samuel M. S teen son, A-hich 
occurred since our last Associational meeting. His long standing with us 
as one bold to declare the doctrines of the Bible, causes us to cherish the 
memory of his commendable christian virtues. It is also our mournful 
duty to record the departure of our Brother Wm. Hightower, who was 
long and favorably known as a useful minister among us, whose desires 
were always for the advancement of the Redeemer's cause. Ii is sad to see 
our standard bearers falling before the sickle of death, yet we are thankful 
to God, that he has spared so many of our efficient ministers. Shall we not 
pray the Lord of the harvest to send more laborers into this harvest, to 
take the places of those that have fallen. We suggest that the business of 
the Association be suspended for a few minutes in memory of our deceased 
brethren. 

Respectfully submitted, 

R. T. Wbar. 



In obedience to the suggestion of the Committee the \ssociation sus- 
pended business for a time, and the hymn, " How firm a foundation ye 
saints of the Lord " was sung. 

After the hymn, the Association resumed business. 

On motion, of Brother C. G. Lynch, a committee of three 
consisting of Bros. J. T. Wallace, J. E. Weaver and J". R. 
NeSmith, was appointed by the Moderator to nominate a 
Board of Ministerial Education. 

TEMPERANCE. 

The Committee on Temperance submitted llieir report, which was dis- 
cussed by Bros. J. R. NeSmith, J. C Orr,and Mat Lyon, which was adopt- 
ed as follows : 

Dear Brethren, we your committee on Temperance make the following 
report. Since our last meeting, many hard fought battles have been be- 
tween the children of God, and the children of this world, and while we 
admit that we have not gained tlie vic*orv on every field, we have in the 
majority of cases won decided victories. Our Temperance army is stron- 
ger to-day than it was. The children of light, are an army of volunteers, 
battling for the cause of Temperance. They are better organized, and 
con f ending with more zeal than ever before. Their faith is in Christ, they 
are Determined to put intemperance away from the church, and out of the 
State and out of the Nation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. R. NeSniTH, Ch'n. 

TRUSTEES OF THE BAPTIST MALE AND FEMALE 
INSTITUTE AT MOULTON. 

The following brethren were appointed Trustees of the Bap- 
tist Male and Female Institute at Moulton: H. B. Irwin, T. 
W. Lynch, N. G. Dilleshaw, J. M. Clark, appointed for four 
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BOARD OF MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

The committee appointed to nominate a Board of Ministe- 
rial Education, nominated- the following brethren,which were 
approved by the Association: J. Gunn, Thomas W. Lynch, 
Wm. Irwin, Thomas Hutchinson, Jordan White, J. G. Orr, 
J. W. Hargrove. 

EXECUTITE BOARD. 

On motion the present Executive Board and Treasurer 
were elected for the ensuing year, as follows: O. D. Gibson, 
President; 0. G. Lynch, Secretary; Thomas W. Lynch, Treas- 
urer, W. D. Mc Daniel, L. W. Wear, P. J. Huchinson,Wm. 
Irwin, John B. Moore. 

On motion, Bro. J. Gunn was added to the Board. Some 

remarks were made by Bros. O. D. Gibson, C. G. Lynch and 

Jos. Shackelford, concerning the work of the Board and the 

report of the Treasurer. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON DOCUMENTS. 

Bro. H J Halbrooks read the report of the committee on documents, 
which was adopted as tollows: We, jour committee on Documents tuomit 
the following. The letters from fhe churches show that a majority of 
churches have had additions by baptism, but there has been a decrease in 
Sabbath schools, and a small decrease in pledges from churches, and a 
large decrease in pledges from individuals; that four churches are ^not rep- 
resented; that Tuscumbia church caHs for material aid; that Mt r»sgan 
church in Morgan and Russelville okurch request the Association to hold 
its next session with them. H J Halbrooks, 

T J Weaver. 

J T Wallace. 

At this place the clerk woold say, that on Saturday on an 
appeal for help from Tuscumbia church, the following 
amounts were paid and pledged. Others doubtless gave 
their names to Sister McClain, who was seeking aid for that 
church. 

Jordan White paid 25 

Cash - ^ 

TNJone* ; & w 

Total ■■•• * 1525 

Standing Committees. 
The Moderator announced th# following standing committees 



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who are to report next year. The chairman will see to it that 
reports are prepared. 

Associational Mission— John. Speer, J. I. Stockton, R. T. 
Wear: 

State Missions— Mat. Lyon, M. Finney, J. R Nesmith. 
Foreign missions-W BAJarter, W.T. Cobbs, H. A. McOlel- 
lan. 

Education— C. G. Lynch, J. M. Thomas, W. F. Orr. 
Temperance— J. 0. Orr, Dr We Stanley, T. J. Weaver. 
Sunday School— Dabney Burleson, H. C. Gilbert, J. D. 
McOlanahan. 

Miscellaneous Business 
Resolutions were adopted as follows: 
By Bro. Mat. Lyon: 

Whereas, The weekly newspaper is esteemed indispensable to human 

SriSK n of^iS B tfS tened ' aCtiVC and rC f ding agC; ^wherLsVe le 
e^giraSSS^' COmm ° n ^ ^ t0 rel ^ iou8 as -» « worldly 

Resolved 1 That we deem it indispensable to the most effective devel- 
opment of Babtist principles, the true principles of the Gospel? !£t Baptist 
newspapers be well sustained, and widely read. baptist 

\K^t S 1 lVed ' 2 " That ul w e appreciate the peculiar importance of sustinins a 
Baptist newspaper published in our own state, for the special benefit of our 
own people; that we recognize the greatly unproved coStion of the A °a- 

*n? H?^ 8 * UndCr ?£ mana S em *nt of Brethren Shackeltord and Hare 
and Heartily commend the said paper to every Baptist; and that we special!-' 
eKS^TSSfT ^ th «" d v«it»ge. of its weekle^ visits sho"?d be s^ir- 
ed without delay, by every Baptist family in this Association 

By Bro. John Speer: 

£rs h a^^^^ 

On motion of Bro. J. 0. Orr the Clerk was authorized to 
have 1200 copies of the minutes printed, and he was allowed 
$20 for his services. 

By Bro J. Speer: 

t^ eS ° /V /^ P a * We ^. ue6t Churches to insist upon the delegates whom 
mSed Assertion, remaining with the body untill StWdnly dE 

By Jos. Shackelford: 

to^nH^/n' Th * tthe Executive Board be instructed to authorize Treasurer 
to send all monies to the respective Boards, Foreign, Home and State 
which are so directed by the churches in their letter!, and Tat tE Board' 
is authorized to direct the amounts, which it may deem proper to be pltd 



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BvWB Carter: . . 

Resotved, That the Treasurer be.authorized to settle with the missionaries 
for their past labor at his earliest convenience 

BvWB Carter: „ . . 

Resolved That the same instruction be given the Executive Board as last 

vefrt^'aSs their V*^^?^ S'SfSte* a sufficient 

The Treasurer was authorized to pay over 
amount of money to have the minutes printed. 

REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE. 
The Finance Committee made their report as follows: 
Your Committee on Finance beg leave to report. We have 
recehed from Churches and Individuals as follows:. 



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Moulton 

Macedonia, F 

Falkville 

Sheffield ;.. 

Hillsboro 

Gum Springs, M 

Bethel, L 

Tharp Springs 

Hopewell 

Mt Pleasant 

Pleasant Hill 

Mt Hope 

Tuscumbia 

New Hope 

Mt Nebo 

Russelville 

Okolona 

Gum Springs. L 

Harmony 

Town Creek 

Rocky Creek 

Salem 

Lebanon 

Blue Spring 

Shoal Creek 

Hartsell 

Mt Zion, M. 

Bethany.. 

Cherry Hill '/.[[" 

Mt Stanley 

Mission Grove. . . . 

Etha '.'.'.'.'.'. 

Somerville 

Macedonia, M 

Decatur 

Moulton S. S . ....... 

Cash collections on SatVy 

Daniel Spegal 

Mattie Lynch 

W DBrazel .; 

Mrs C H Simpson 

Davie Simpson 



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10 00 



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$ 30 00 
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Luke Cobbs 

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J W Wallace 

Mittie Wear . . 

Miss Annie Shackelford. 

Ella Orr 

Collection on Sunday 

Total ••••_-•___ 



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5 00 
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$22 05 



$ 7 50 



$ 2 50 $34 50 



Total from Churches and individuals and Sunday Schools 

Total Education Fund * 

Total Associational Miss ons ... 

Total Home Missions 

Total Minute Fund 

Total Foreign Missions ' ""433 15 

Total cash received • 67 05 

Total Vouchers. 



555 20 

62 80 

424 85 

2 50 

34 50 

7 50 



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By amount turned over to Treasurer cash $ 488 10 

By amount turned over to Treasurer, Vouchers by U ° " 

Total * ... $ 555 20 

RespectfuMy submitted. y g ^^ ^ 

The minutes were then read and approved. 

There being no further business, the Association, after 
singing a patting hymn, and giving the parting hand, joined 
in prayer with Bio. O. D. Gibson. After prayer, the Moder- 
ator closed the body, adjourned to meet with Kusselville 
church on Friday before the first Sabbath in October, 1888. 

J. Gunn, Moderator, 

Jos. Shackelford, Clerk. 






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Tuscumbia 

Sheffield 

Russelville 

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2 Bethel 

£ Mt Pleasant 

£ Antioch 

Mt Zion 

Mt Stanley 

Okolona 

Bethany ... 

Town Creek .... 

Mission Grove. . . 

t5 Salem 

iz Moulton 

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g Harmony 

]2 New Hope .... 

c Hillsboro 

8 Mt Hope. 

c/3 Zion 

Gum Spring. L.. . 

Enon 

Pleasant Hill ... 

Macedonia, M . . 

Decatur 

Danville 

Hopewell 

Hartsell 

Friendship 

Lebanon 

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Rocky Creek .... 

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Falkville 

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J M Thomas. 
J M Thomas. 
RT Wear... 
J O A Pace . 
M Finney. . . . 
M Finney. . . 
J R Nesmith 
John Speer.. . 



J Speer 

J R Nesmith .... 

J M Roberts 

R T Wear 

J Spear 

J M Roberts 

Matt Lyon 

J M Roberts 

M Roberts 

Jos Shackeltord . . . 
R T Wear 

Wm Spain 

J M Roberts 

W T Cobbs 

W T Cobbs 

J M Roberts 

W J^ Browning. . . . 

W TCobbs 

J D McClanahan . . 

W B Carter 

T J Weaver 

J D McClanahan . . 

W B Carter 

J I Stockton 

C A Owen 

J E Roane 

H J Halbrooks , . 

T J Weaver 

J T Weaver 

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Russelville 

Newburg 

Tharp Springs. . 

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Avoca ........ 

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South Florence. 



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Hatton ... 
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Mt. Hope . . 
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Moulton . . . 
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l/illsboro . . 
Ml. Hope . . 
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Hatton .... 

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Simpson . . . 

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Blue Springs 
Lawrence'6 Cove. 
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Falkville > 



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expenses and building $431.00. Total contributions $1,204.25. The amount 
reported. Value of church property $106.50. Net increase in membership : 






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